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Garratt 6029 to be restored [Oct. 2nd, 2013|07:31 am]

dewhitton the other day asked "Why no 6040 restoration? Lack of parts, or lack of funds?" in reference to the magnificent articulated steam locomotive preserved as static display at the Rail Transport Museum at Thirlmere in the Blue(?) Mountains (not sure of my geography here). The 60 class is another locomotive that I intended to cover in my "For the Railway Lion" series, soon as I'm in decent health and not feeling down over my lousy job.

Anyway, I E-mailed the question to my mother's cousin who works as an active volunteer. There's bad news and good news. Bad news first:

"The RTM considered 6040, but for the amount of work required, the cost involved and the slow speed on the main line, it was a very long way from being remotely viable as a tour engine. With 6029 based at Canberra, they will not have the restrictions on local operations on the Canberra Branch although they will still have difficulties as they go further afield. I hope they can make a success of their operation of it."

Which brings us to Garratt locomotive 6029, and the GOOD NEWS:

Project 6029

"Your friend can rest easy and live in a state of excited anticipation as the ARHS ACT group is currently restoring to operation their Garratt 6029. The boiler is back in the frame and re-assembly is continuing. Possible sometime late next year I believe.

Have a look at the Blog at:

[User Picture]From: dewhitton
2013-10-02 08:13 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2013-10-02 10:23 am (UTC)
I hope for goodness sakes *someone* takes advantage to put it in a feature film, or at the very least a mocumentary.

When they get it going agin would you consider another road trip?
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